The Cinque Terre seen from here.
They’re close, much closer than you can imagine. You wake up in the morning, the sunlight and temperature are ideal, go down to Deiva or Levanto and get on the mythical “trenino.” In reality, it’s just a normal regional train but we like to give it a little bit of importance.
Our suggestion is to go to Riomaggiore and slowly make your way back. From Riomaggiore take the train back to Manarola; here don’t forget to visit the beautiful parish church dedicated San Lorenzo.
From Manarola, one option is taking a bus to Volastra and then go on walking to Corniglia.
This is our favourite trails, it passes in the middle of the wineyards. Here you can see dry stone wall
Corniglia is a little gem suspended between the blue of the sky and the blue of the sea.
Vernazza, the queen of Cinque Terre.
In Monterosso treat yourself to an ice-cream along the promenade after having wandered about the “caruggi” (narrow midieval streets).
Each of the Cinque Terre villages fosters an ecclesiastic building, over time risen to the rank of Sanctuary: Santa Maria di Soviore, Santa Maria di Reggio, San Bernardino, Nostra Signora della Salute di Volastra, Santa Maria di Montenero.
If the season allows, take the ferry to see each of these sanctuaries appear, one by one, sitting on top of the hills.
You can also choose to hike the old mule tracks that climb the coastline and enjoy the view from up there… in the solitude of the sanctuaries’ churchyards.
Are you a serious hiker? Well then keep walking up until you reach the summit’s ridge. From here the panorama extends from the Riviera to the Valle del Vara (Vara Valley), from the Tuscan-Emiliano Appenines to the Apuane Alps.
One last suggestion: before heading out, get a good map!